TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! POLLING REVEALS APRIL 4TH GO BONDS CONFRONT KANSAS CITY VOTER DISTRUST AMID CITY HALL BROKEN PROMISES!!!
Supporters of the Kansas City $800,000,000 in general obligations bonds proposal work diligently to reassure voters that their money will be spent wisely whilst well-deserved skepticism and doubt challenge this dubious assertion.
To wit . . .
TKC EXCLUSIVE AND KICK-ASS DATA GLEANED FROM POLLSTERS AND OUR BLOG COMMUNITY REVEALS DEEP-SEATED SKEPTICISM OF CITY HALL ASSURANCES!!!
Here's the data point that has Kansas City consultants and politicos scared and increasingly lashing out at their critics.
2/3rds of active voters think City Hall will spend GO BOND money on projects other than infrastructure repair - Mainly, the airport, the new Downtown Convention Hotel and the streetcar.
To that end, last night the City Manager pleaded with a small crowd at the Midtown League of Women Voters regarding the impending tax . . .
“Not a dime of this money can be spent on the airport,” Troy Schulte said.
And while we're certain that the heart of the City Manager is pure and he's saying what he truly believes . . . History suggests otherwise.
Don't just trust the data so graciously shared with TKC, let's take a quick look at recent local history that powers current voter cynicism.
Not so long ago Mayor Sly James was FACT CHECKED about his contention that Kansas City can't borrow money from the airport.
"The city borrowed money from the airport in 2010. Then, during this mayor’s tenure, the city renegotiated the debt to extend the life of the loan to 2016."
Also, just last year Mayor Sly said that Kansas City need to "hit pause" on the airport but later restarted the effort to champion the very same single-terminal that voters objected to less than two months after his announcement.
And then . . .
The corrupt and widely disputed secret and gerrymandered vote for the streetcar and its latest extension offers a reason to doubt the good faith of local government . . .
A quote from someone much smarter than TKC on this topic . . .
Kansas City Public Library Honcho Crosby Kemper III says the streetcar vote was "one of the most corrupt elections in Kansas City since the Pedergast era."
Sadly, City Hall didn't learn anything from the negative perception of that vote because we're doing the same thing again very soon.
Finally . . .
The strongest advocates of the Downtown Convention Hotel claim that Kansas City enjoys 24 million tourists a year and needs this kind of EPIC capacity . . .
Thankfully, our community FACT CHECKED FAKE NEWS numbers from VisitKC which are higher than Denver and widely disbelieved by anyone even vaguely familiar with math.
In fairness, the answer to all of this bad faith from voters is an elementary rhetorical ploy . . .
"If the city passes all three GO Bond questions, the mayor and the city manager’s office will provide city residents with a report card at the end of each year that tells you exactly what projects were completed, how much they cost, where they were, and what projects are planned for the year ahead."
We checked this promise from the campaign site . . .
GOOD NEWS!!! GO BOND SUPPORTERS ALREADY EARNED AN A+ FOR THIS REPORT CARD EVEN BEFORE VOTERS APPROVED THE MONEY!!!
Still, TKC mockery and the legacy of City Hall duplicity simply starts this conversation . . .
We don't even want to get into the fact that Mayor Sly James touted the Fight For $15 minimum wage increase during his reelection campaign and throughout 2015 but then HE VOTED AGAINST THE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE JUST YESTERDAY.
For those who might doubt the data and examples that we have humbly offered this morning . . . Here's a simple question to our blog community . . .
DESPITE THE DEARTH OF DEETS ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR IN THE BALLOT LANGUAGE: DO YOU TRUST CITY HALL TO SPEND $800,000,000 IN GO BONDS AS THEY'VE PROMISED???
We're waiting to be convinced that Kansas City is really excited about paying more property taxes and believes the talk from 12th and Oak after being burned so many times.
You decide . . .